Come a new day and amid the many colourful aspects of Indian culture there is one facet or the other that is going a shade lighter. To watch a madari (monkey trainer) ride past on his black Hero bicycle (covered in patchwork of rust) has become a rare sight. The man balanced his life by balancing the popular couple, Raja and Rani, on his carrier. The rollicking monkey-show performed by the couple left one and all mesmerised.
The simian couple landed in squabbles, possibly, to add spice to their wedlock. Raja, the monkey attired as a man, maintained a manlike demeanor. Rani, dressed in a bright orange saree, feigned anger, threw tantrums, a feature she secretly knew would pull her man. Raja, who loves his wife dearly, did everything to woo her back. His efforts met success. And soon the damru (little drum) announced their reunion. And the couple danced to the happy song of love.
The damru reminded the couples, accompanying their children, of the circus of life. The view was evocative of the doldrums that had set into their lives. The happy reunion was compelling enough to melt their frozen love. And peacocks of their hearts danced to match the beats of the damru. They learnt little more about the oddity of the four letter word, love, which means want for another.
The flavours of love enrich our soul and change our way of looking at life no matter whosoever that love may be for: spouse, parents, friends or God. Rekindling love keeps our world going. The math of every relation is easy to fathom as the solution to every problem is love. It can be manufactured, imported and exported and can never go less, is the law of love. Once love is put in a relation, it draws the happy versions of people to you.
Meanwhile, the madari is struggling to preserve the culture of love. Despite the inflation, his earnings have remained mercilessly the same. Today's world seeks constant change. It has changed the meaning of love too.
The Facebook and Twitter generation misunderstands love by having virtual relations. Such relations, sans the salt and pepper of life, are a diversion from real relations. 'Like if you love your mother', such posts on Facebook are liked by many but how many of us actually take out time to say this to our mother?
In earlier times, people felt the pangs of love till their letters of love were answered. The meeting of eyes on the first night of the newly-wed couple led one to believe in love at first sight. Today, the exchange of hearts has become as easy and as convenient as exchange of money at Western Union.